During his 15 year career in real estate, Rich Bassford, owner of RE/MAX Elite Homes, had been asked many times if he was interested in starting his own business. In April 2014, Rich and his wife Kim decided the time was right to make that leap, and signed the papers to open RE/MAX Elite Homes. In October 2014, the couple celebrated the grand opening of their new agency. Now, they are looking forward to their next big step: opening a second location.

The Bassford’s vision for the agency includes having a young, positive, technologically advanced, and energetic culture. In the first eight months since opening, they have recruited 21 agents. With a focus on training, Rich holds weekly development classes that include featured speakers such as attorneys, lenders, and inspectors.

"We’ve got great, positive momentum going, and it’s the result of all the things we’ve been putting in place over a course of time,” says Rich. "When we started the agency, we wanted to build our business from the ground up and create a positive energy. We’re excited to be recognized as a Small Business of the Year honoree and to continue our growth in the Quad Cities region.”

Celebrate with RE/MAX Elite Homes at the Community Impact Awards on May 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Stern Center, Rock Island.

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